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Weber County’s Hispanic population edges up, new numbers show

By Tim Vandenack - | Jun 30, 2022

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

A Peruvian dance group practices at Union Station in Ogden during the Living Heritage Festival on May 14, 2022. Weber County's Latino population continues to edge up, according to new population estimates released Thursday, June 30, 2022.

OGDEN — Not a whole lot of change necessarily happens in a year or two.

But things can shift, and the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau breaking down population change by county, released Thursday, offer a glimpse into the evolving demographics of Weber County. The figures represent estimates as of July 1, 2021, and here are some takeaways:

  • The county’s total population reached 267,066, up from 262,828 a year earlier, and non-Hispanic whites were the largest population cluster, numbering 201,297 or 75.4% of the population. The non-Hispanic white population has gradually been edging down, and the 2021 share represents a slight dip from 2020, 75.6%.
  • The number of Hispanics in the county edged past the 50,000 mark for the first time to 50,326, 18.8% of Weber County’s population. That’s up from the 2020 figure, 49,299. Weber County and Salt Lake County have traded places in terms of which has the highest concentration of Latinos in the state, and Salt Lake County claims the title for 2021, with Latinos accounting for 228,546 of its 1.19 million residents, 19.3% of the total.
  • Black and Asian American residents each accounted for a similarly sized slice of Weber County’s population. Asian Americans numbered 3,850 in 2021, 1.4% of Weber County’s population, while Black residents numbered 3,551, 1.3% of the county total.
  • The concentration of Latinos in the younger population is higher than among the older population, suggesting Hispanics will gradually account for a growing share of the population as years pass. Latinos under 30 represented 23.8% of the overall population of that age group, higher than the 18.8% Hispanic share of the overall county population. Latinos over 30 represented 14.9% of that segment. At the same time, non-Hispanic whites accounted for 69.5% of the under-30 age group and 80.2% of the 30-and-up segment.

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